PROGRESS: For the love of music

Published 6:00 am Sunday, March 1, 2020

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Born and raised in Victoria, Glenn Hood developed his love for music at a young age.

Hood says he grew up with family members who loved music and that helped him gain the first-hand knowledge and his love of the craft.

Today, Hood can be found playing the mandolin and guitar, all while signing in his band.

Known to most as the Victoria Restaurant’s House Band, Hood, along with his two sons, plays at the restaurant every Thursday night.

“My two sons Brent and Bryan, are also in different bands First Go’ Round and Last Chance. They play bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.

Hood says he loves bluegrass music, most especially bluegrass gospel music.

“I am a Christian, and it is the Lord that gave me the talent to play, and I want to use it to glorify him,” Hood said.

Currently, Hood is a member of the Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce and a promotor of professional music and arts programs in the area.

When it comes to being a promotor, Hood works to bring well-known artists from Nashville to perform in Lunenburg. I love to share my love of bluegrass music,” he explained.

According to Hood, Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, the Kevin Prater Band, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, the Kody Norris show and many others from Nashville have visited.

Each year, Hood attends the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Music Awards held in Nashville.

“I already have performers lined up for this year, coming to the Victoria Restaurant and Northside Gospel Chapel,” he said.

When he is not involved in his passion for music, Hood can be found working at his auto dealership. Hood Brothers Garage, Inc, located in the heart of Lunenburg Court House, was started by Hood’s father.

Hood says he grew up working in the shop at the young age of 14.

“I enjoyed a wonderful childhood with caring, hard-working, responsible parents,” Hood said. “It was originally a body shop, and when I took over, I expanded it to a dealership.”

One thing Hood says he loves about the community in which he lives is that it is a safe and wholesome environment in which to work and raise a family in, but he does seek to introduce a greater level of culture to the area musically.